Kairos and the Phantom

The terrifying night phantoms that haunt a once-forbidden wood are never seen by day, until one morning when an ordinary man encounters a phantom trapped in the sunlight.

Music: “Fire Dungeon” by Benjamin Carr

[Video Description: Trailer. Duration, 43 seconds. Music: “Fire Dungeon” by Benjamin Carr. Digital drawing. At right, a man in medieval style clothing stands amid patches of grass and looks shocked. He holds his right hand to his mouth as he gazes at the figure to the left, a man with a gray complexion bowing as he catches an apple. The bowing man is surrounded by a wispy glowing cloak and the colors of his clothing appear to be bleeding into the cloak. At his right foot is a platter of food. A stone sits on or in his left foot. Part of a stream is visible behind the shocked man. Title card with the words “Short Story” and “Genre: Fantasy” and the story title are displayed in front of the image. The title card and story title fade. Lines from the story appear over the image: “How can you feel thirst? You’re a phantom. Maybe you’re right. Maybe I only remember thirst.  Only remember water. And if I give you water, will you be satisfied? My thirst will be satisfied. So…what else will you ask for, I wonder?” The title reappears at top just as the last line appears. A watermark of the site URL appears at bottom right throughout.]

Welcome to Year 9 of Storyfeather

Every year’s short stories (mostly) follow a theme. This year, I will turn the Wheel of Fiction to help me decide what to write. There are thirteen spokes on this wheel. Eight are occupied by the eight themes from the previous years of stories. One is a prompt to turn the wheel again. One is a wildcard (hmm…curious). And three are covered only in question marks. I suppose I’ll find out what’s beneath those questions as we go along.

Welcome to the WHEEL OF FICTION

This spin, the Wheel of Fiction landed on REVISITATION. Revisiting the theme of Revisitation! I already had an idea in mind that I didn’t get to during the Year of Revisitation. In at least two previous stories (linked in the buttons below), I mention a zombie-like creature I generically called “night phantoms.” (They only come out at night). They didn’t play a major role in either story, but I thought it would be interesting to explore them further. What if these wicked creatures weren’t what people thought they were? And what if one were seen during the day?

[Video Description: Duration, 11 seconds. Choice wheel made on the Spin the Wheel application. Thirteen spokes or slices in various colors, labeled as follows, clockwise from the top: Objects of Power (the “of Power” is not visible), Prompts, Definitions, Turn Again, Elements, Creatures, S.T.E.A.M., Wildcard, Revisitation, (alternating question marks and apostrophes), Challenge, (alternating questions marks and asterisks), (question marks). The title at top reads “The Wheel of Fiction” and below that the words “Spin the wheel.” Below that is the date of the spin, 11/27/21. At top left corner is a flag icon labeled with the letter “F.” This represents a function of the application which interferes with true randomness by reducing the probability of receiving the same choice twice in a row. The wheel turns and lands on Revisitation.]

Genre: Fantasy, Mythology


Portal Button. Elongated rectangle with rings of colored light emanating from the center. Text appears over the rings, reading "Storyfeather Year 9" and below it in larger font, "Wheel of Fiction."

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